Poultry processor Sanderson Farms ( SAFM) increased its quarterly dividend 13.3% to 17 cents per share. The new payout will be available Oct. 19 to shareholders of record on Oct. 5 for a current yield of 1.6%. Finally, Covidien ( COV) will pay its shareholders 11.1% more than it used to, the medical supplies maker said this week. Covidien raised its dividend to 20 cents per share, to be paid Nov. 8 to shareholders of record on Oct. 4. That brings Covidien's current yield to 2%. Covidien said last week it expects its fiscal 2011 net revenue to grow in a range between 6% and 9% year-over-year. -- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/miriamsmarket.